Mysterious Water Leak?

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

Recently, I had the good fortune of working with a repeat home buyer purchasing a rental home here in Scottsdale.  He was looking for a basic three bedroom, two bathroom home that would make a good rental.  It didn't take us long before we found a great single level home in a good area of mid-Scottsdale. 

 

The home buyer readied the home as a rental with the repairs being handled by the appropriate contractors.  One such contractor happened upon what he thought was a water leak.   Sprinkler valves were replaced, but still the mysterious water leak persisted even after the plumber returned with a forensic specialist.  

 

The next day, the home owner happened to be standing in the garage next to the water heater when he noticed the hot water side of the heater being red hot. Alarmed he walked around it and suddently it shut off.  The water wasn't turned on anywhere in the house.  Where could the hot water be going? 

 

After about 60 seconds of pondering, a light bulb went off for this investor.   He had heard of others stealing electricity and even cable television, but could someone be stealing hot water?  

 

Another fact surfaced.  He had visited the neighbors recently, being invited into their home as the new owner of the home next door.  That neighbor had a spa on the patio and a swimming pool.  He remembered seeing the swimming pool halfway full during his visit a few days prior to today.

 

Visiting my client today, I stopped by to chat under the premise we were talking about another home he owned.  He began to share his story with me and I asked to see his water bill history.  He shared the water usage spike and subsequent drop after he returned home.  

 

I was dumbfounded.  Not in all my years had I heard of someone tapping into another homeowners water supply, let alone the hot water heater side!   

 

Even though this home owner has paid a plumber, and undergone much frustration, he's determined to let it go.  Sometimes it's easier to just let it go. Mysterious water leak solved! 

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Raymond E. Camp
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Good afternoon Jan,

As they say it takes all kinds to make the world turn.

It also sounds like a new low to me.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 30, 2016 10:09 AM #1
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This is what I love about real estate, no matter how long you have been in it there is always something new.

Nov 30, 2016 10:22 AM #2
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Sam Shueh
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I hope AZ will follow CA cities ban the new pool construction and limit how much water they can refill in the existing pools.  We are learning in CA that green plush yard, pool water are precious commodity. We limit and control how much water one can use and fine the wasteful home owners and list their names in the local paper. 

H2O is a precious commidity. 

Nov 30, 2016 10:25 AM #3
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Jan Green
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Raymond E. Camp you nailed it - pretty low!  Thank you for commenting and have a great day!

Amen to that Joe Pryor !  Love this community for that brain power!

I agree Sam Shueh .  I've been to several water related discussions.  The coolest thing about Arizona is that we are now using the same amount of water that we did in the 1950's with a LOT more population.  We use reycled water on our golf courses and water treatment plants are state of the art.  Still, a lot could be accomplished with consumer education.  I've seen some pretty neat water saving pool devices, too.  

Nov 30, 2016 10:33 AM #4
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Jan,

It takes all kinds to make life interesting.  What a story!

Nov 30, 2016 10:59 AM #5
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Jan Green
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It sure does Ron and Alexandra Seigel !  I have never heard of this before either!

Nov 30, 2016 11:12 AM #6
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB
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Wow how rude of that neighbor. Hard to imagine they thought he wouldn't figure it out.  Bizarre indeed.  And I agree with him - let it go. But I'd make sure it couldn't happen again!

Nov 30, 2016 04:28 PM #7
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You're right Anna!  Very rude.  I couldn't believe the same neighbor invited my client into his home, was very nice....   Pretty low!

Nov 30, 2016 06:24 PM #8
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Grant Schneider
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Hi Jan - that owner is very generous.  I hope he can prevent it from happening again.

Nov 30, 2016 10:49 PM #9
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You are so right Grant Schneider . He's going to bypass the line that goes next door and re-route the line.  It will be interesting what the neighbor does going forward - tee hee!

Dec 01, 2016 07:29 PM #10
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Oh my goodness - people are just so brazen, aren't they?  WOW!  That homeowner was a lot nicer than I would have been!

Dec 11, 2016 06:35 PM #11
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Right Debe Maxwell ?!  I was shocked when he told me!  Such a nice man :) 

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